Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Why We Bought A Project House


I've spoken a lot about our house renovation, what we're doing to it and our decor, but I've never spoken about why we're doing it. A project house is a lot of work to undertake, but I think it's 100% worth it so I thought I'd share the reasons that motivated us and why I think it's such a good idea. I don't know if I've mentioned it before (probably have, I do tend to babble on don't I), but we weren't originally looking for a project house. We found the more we looked the more we came round to the idea because of the following reasons (plus when you see a house you can afford on your dream street you've gotta buy it whatever state it's in haven't you?).

M O R E  F O R  Y O U R  M O N E Y  |  We were in a financial position where we could afford either a nice small house that we wouldn't need to do anything to, but would quickly outgrow or an almost uninhabitable house that would need completely renovating, but that once done would last us forever if we wanted. With these two options being the same price, we obviously wanted as much bang for our buck as possible and went for the bigger option. I know some people will argue that you then have to inject money into the house to bring it up to standard, but it's still so much cheaper than buying a nicely done house. To put that into perspective, there's a house on our street the same size and layout as ours currently up for sale for £80k more than we paid for ours. Isn't that just absolute madness?! So even taking into account the money we've spent/are spending on doing it up, it's a huge saving.

C O M P L E T E  C R E A T I V E  C O N T R O L  |  Buying a project house is essentially like buying a blank canvas (apart from that canvas is actually covered in fifty years worth of wallpaper and smells a bit funny), but because everything needs changing you can change it in any way you want. If we'd bought a house with a bathroom that was fine but not to my style, I couldn't have justified spending the money on changing it and would probably have just done little things to it like painting or replacing a few bits. In reality, we bought a house with a bathroom that had plaster crumbling off the wall, an empty water tank in the ceiling, old pipes sticking out, carpet tiles that were coming away and an avocado bath suite that had probably been in use for about sixty years (and once you've thought about how many different naked people have been in there over those years it's kind of off-putting). Because you basically get to start all over again, you get to decorate however you want without having to compromise with what's already there.

I  T ' S  R E W A R D I N G  |  I can't pretend that doing up a house is easy or that it's all painting rooms pretty colours and choosing lamps. It's filthy, smelly and makes you ache all over and a lot of the jobs that need doing are mind-numbingly boring. (Have I sold it to you yet?) But there are fun parts too like planning, shopping and seeing the results after a hard day's work (even if you are seeing them through a film because you didn't wear goggles for sanding the floor - always wear goggles for sanding kids). It is genuinely a very rewarding thing when you sit back and look at a room that's finished, knowing that you did absolutely everything.

Would you ever buy a project house?

Amy x
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  1. Complete creative control sounds like such a good reason and I can see how rewarding it's been for you in all your beautiful home posts!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. It has been so so rewarding and it's so great making it exactly how we want :) xx

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  2. I bet it feels SO good when you finish a room after weeks spent doing the DIY! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. It really does! Especially because it always takes sooo much longer than you think it's going to! xx

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  3. I think having complete creative control must be the most exciting element of buying a project house - you can create something from scratch and claim all of the memories around you as entirely your own! Totally get where you're coming from :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Giveaway: Hotel Chocolat Valentine's Heart Chocolate Box! x

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    1. That's definitely my favourite part - everything is our idea and I love that :) xx

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  4. Complete creative control would definitely be a big factor for me - living in our rented flat with decor I hate but can't change has made me super keen to make sure that when we eventually buy somewhere it's somewhere that we can make exactly how we want. The price is definitely an appealing part of it too! Must be so rewarding completing a room after putting so much work in - I'm loving your renovation photos/posts plus all the interiors stuff you share on here and instagram! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thanks Sophie! Yeah living in rented definitely meant I went a bit crazy with making everything our own once we got a house, it's the best part!xx

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  5. I think I want a project house, unless I stumble upon my dream house somewhere. My sister is doing hers up and she's learnt so much! Good luck with yours :)

    https://lauralovette.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah that's so exciting, I bet your sister will be able to give you loads of tips then! xx

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  6. Love a project house. You can rally make it your own. You have done a great job on yours. Have a great weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Definitely, thanks so much Gemma! Hope you have a lovely weekend too xx

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  7. Your house sounds like a fantastic investment! Like you, I probably couldn't justify ripping out a perfectly functional bathroom just because it wasn't to my taste, so buying somewhere that's a bit of a state and eventually everything exactly as you want it is a great thing! Did you live in your house whilst you were doing it up or were you still living in an old place whilst you were doing the major renovations? I'd love to hear about the logistics of it! :-)

    Abbey x

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    1. Unfortunately we did live in while we did the major stuff! The downside was we couldn't afford two places so we had to - it does mean you get stuff done quicker cause you want it to be done though! xx

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  8. Amazing post and really nice pictures (I'm talking about all your blog pictures). Have a lovely day.

    http://bhroses.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, I've been loving getting more interior shots! xx

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  9. Having control is literally my fav thing in life so I totally understand why you bought a house you can fix up!

    Sharni xo
    www.agirlandgrey.com

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    1. It's definitely my favourite part about it! xx

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  10. These are the exact reasons why we have bought a project house too. This new one isn't so much of a project as the last but now we've been living here for a few months, we can see that there's a lot more we want to do than we first realised! You can get so much more space for your money and a nicer location too and that's so important to us x

    Jenny | Luxestyle

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    1. Definitely! I was always told buy the worst house on the best street haha! xx

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  11. Buying a project house sounds like a lot of hard work, but as you said so rewarding! Having all that creative freedom would be really cool too. Would love to see updates about the house.

    Shann Eileen | www.shanneileen.com

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    1. It's so rewarding! I do updates, they're all in my home category if you fancy a look :) xx

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